Elmont Senior Loses His Mom on ‘9/11,’ Remembers Her Through Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words and a lifetime full of memories. Just ask Elmont Memorial High School senior and aspiring photographer, Sebastian Bass, whose passion for photography connects him to a bittersweet past but also to a promising future. “I love seeing growth,” Sebastian told us in an exclusive email interview. The 17-year-oldContinue reading “Elmont Senior Loses His Mom on ‘9/11,’ Remembers Her Through Photography”

Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program

Source: Sewanhaka Central High School District Elmont Memorial senior Michael Bailey has been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. One of only 25 New York State high school seniors nominated for the prestigious award, the Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The award honors one maleContinue reading “Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program”

A Letter to Petro: 10 Years Later

Words by Sophia Sunshine Vilceus (Class of 2007) A decade ago, on a cold February night, the legendary Elmont Memorial High School Basketball Coach and Guidance Counselor, Gregg “Petro” Petrocelli, passed away. It was February 27th, 2007 — I was seated directly next to him during our Championship Game. I can never forget my shrillContinue reading “A Letter to Petro: 10 Years Later”

Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister

For those of us growing up in Elmont, the lines between Elmont and Queens have always been blurry. This fact endures today — whether geographically, culturally, socially, or politically — Elmont and Queens undeniably share a great deal in common. We reached out to Bill Florio — a Valley Stream resident, historian, and author —Continue reading “Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister”

Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

Originally posted on PUBLIC ALLIES:
When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and…